Hello everyone, I hope you are having a lovely Sunday!
Here in Sweden it's quite dark and rainy today, which means it is ok to stay at home to craft, bake and drink hot chocolate! : )
So, here's a little project that I hope you will enjoy. Since my squirrel necklace got so much attention both on Pinterest and Facebook, I decided to share a little tutorial about the making of. This little squirrel in particular is climbing onto a miniature macaron, but you can easy adapt the tutorial to add any accessory you like to your tiny creature. : )
But if you are not feeling crafty, don't you worry. I am also hosting a mini giveaway, so you'll get the chance to win a little squirrel along with a miniature box of macarons!
Just scroll down to the end of this post for the rules, and good luck! ; )
And now, time for the step by step tutorial! : )
You will need polymer clay in three colours of your choice.
I used a light brown for the sqirrel's body, a warm shade of lilac for the macaron shells and pure white for the ganache, but you can choose pretty much any colour you like. : )
Let's start from the macaron's shells. Just roll up two tiny balls of clay - you decide the size!
Usually, the tinier, the more complicated, so if you are not very confident with miniatures you might want to try a larger version first. : )
Gently press the two spheres on a piece of tin foil, trying to give them a slightly convex shape.
Not too chubby, not too flat, that's the secret for a perfect macaron!
There are many tutorials available for sculpting miniature macarons.
This is my favourite method, which has the advantage of being easy and quick. Just use a toothpick to create a nice texture all around each shell. For very tiny macarons (less than a quarter of an inch) the point of a needle is a better tool.
Once you have textured the shells all around, bake them in the oven according to the clay instructions.
Time to fill the macaron with a little bit of "ganache"! : )
If you want to make the ganache a bit stickier, you can mix the clay with a bit of water or liquid polymer clay, bt in most cases this won't be necessary if the clay you are using has been conditioned until it is warm and soft.
Now, for the squirrel body, start from another tiny ball of brown clay and pinch it on one side until you create two little "horns" (they will be the squirrel's forelegs).
Gently push it on the macaron - our tiny squirrel is a
little glutton trying to climb onto the cookie! : )
Two tiny tiny balls of clay will work great as feet..
..and a larger one will be the head.
Use a toothpick (or a tiny crochet hook) to shape the ears..
..and gently apply them onto the head.
Ant then, of course, the head goes onto the body!
As you can see, I pinched a bit the squirrel's ears to make them slightly longer/pointier.
Finally, shape a "pointy sausage" for the tail, and bend it into an "S" shape..
..and there you go, the squirrel is now ready for baking! : )
Once it comes out of the oven, you can start painting it with acrilyc paints.
You will need just 4 colours:
Black for the eyes.
Dark brown for the ear tips, plus a tiny dot for the nose and a large stripe on the back and up to the top of the tail. : )
And the final touch, pink on the sqirrel's cheeks, a bit of pure white to brighten up the eyes.
Here's your finished squirrel!
Isn't he cute?
If you want a chance to adopt this little fellow and his box of macarons, these are the rules:
1) be a follower of Mijbil Creatures
2) add a comment to this post
3) (optional) share this little banner on your blog
The winner will be chosen at random at the beginning of November.
Good luck to you all! : )